From the Publisher
“…an adventure of delicious discoveries…ranging from the expected…to the exotic...This book will make readers want to travel the world.” ~San Francisco Chronicle
"It's a tantalizing concepta visual encyclopedia of global flavors worth scouting." ~Associated Press
"With good color photos of every single item, this book is both fun to flip through and a serious reference guide. A perfect gift for the foodie." ~Thenibble.com
“It’s the ultimate to-do list for foodies.” ~The Wichita Eagle
A well-stocked imagination is part of every good foodie's mental pantry. Interest in world cuisine is stoked by our healthy epicurean realization that great tastes can't be restricted to just local standard fare. In 1001 Foods You Must Taste Before You Die, the editors of Universe sharpen and challenge our test buds by introducing us to more than a thousand exotic delicacies that are rarely seen in even famous American restaurants. By the evidence of this impressive holiday season gift book, the editors spanned the globe to discover specialties and treats from other cuisines.
The latest entries in the series aim to entertain as well as provoke discussion and controversy. A variety of international food/wine writers contributed to both books. Becket (editor, The World of Fine Wine magazine) organizes chapters in 1001 Wines by red, white, sparkling, and fortified wines, listing entries alphabetically by producer. Both vintage and nonvintage wines are included. Advice is given on whether to drink specific wines now and how long the wines should age. The list is not of the greatest wines or of authors' favorites; instead, it includes intriguing, historical, and influential wines. All of them can be purchased, although some are rare and expensive.
In 1001 Foods, London-based food journalist Case covers a wide variety-from meats, vegetables, cheeses, and desserts to condiments and aromatics, from the everyday to the rare and exotic. Each essay includes a description of the expected taste. If necessary, the entry will inform the reader whether the item is rare or endangered. Overall, both books are fun to read, with descriptive writing and excellent photography. They are meant to be enjoyed, not necessarily read cover to cover but skimmed or read selectively. These aren't essential for public libraries, but the other books in the series are widely held.